Mystic Guide, Pneumatic may spoil Maxfield’s return in Matt Winn

The Road to the Kentucky Derby resumes this Saturday with Churchill’s Grade III, $150,000 Matt Winn Stakes. The 1 1/16th-mile heat, which lured 12 runners, is worth 85 points (50-20-10-5) toward Sept. 5’s “Run for the Roses.” The Matt Winn goes as Race 10 of 11 on the day, and post time is 5:44 p.m….

Louisiana Derby undercard analysis, 3/21/20

The Fair Grounds will run seven stakes races worth nearly $2.5 million this Saturday, including the Grade II, $1 million Louisiana Derby. Here are our previews of a pair of undercard races that precede the day’s main event. Fair Grounds Race 9 (Post time: 4:10 p.m. ET) The Grade II, $400,000 New Orleans Classic Stakes…

Tiz the Law appears best in potentially-muddy Kentucky Jockey Club

The Grade II, $300,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes puts two-year-olds in the spotlight at Churchill Downs this Saturday. The 1 1/16th-mile heat, which carries 17 total points toward the Kentucky Derby (10-4-2-1), drew nine juveniles carrying dreams of wearing roses in May. Post time for the Kentucky Jockey Club, Race 11 of a scheduled 12,…

Weekly jockey review, 11/20/19

It’s time to review the week that was in horse racing, focusing on jockey achievements from coast to coast. Aqueduct Irad Ortiz Jr. remains on top at the current Aqueduct meet that runs until Dec. 8 with 18 victories. Five of those trips to the winner’s circle were made last week. He’s six wins clear…

Admission Office can make the grade in River City Handicap

The Grade III, $175,000 River City Handicap is the feature on an 11-race Saturday card at Churchill Downs. A field of 10 will do battle over 1 1/8-miles on the turf course. The River City Handicap carries an approximate post time of 5:36 p.m. ET as Race 10 on the program. #9 ADMISSION OFFICE (3-1)…

Weekly jockey review, 11/13/19; Irad Ortiz Jr. aces Aqueduct

It’s time to review the week that was in horse racing, emphasizing jockey achievements at Aqueduct, Churchill and Del Mar. Aqueduct A five-win Monday propelled Irad Ortiz Jr. to the top of the Aqueduct jockey standings through two weeks. Ortiz Jr. swept the last three races on the special Veterans Day program, triggering a $366…

Marquee Prince a contender in crowded Commonwealth Turf

The Grade III, $175,000 Commonwealth Turf is the Saturday feature at historic Churchill Downs. A field of 14 three-year-olds (plus two AEs) flooded the entry box for this 1 1/16th-mile turf heat. Post time for the Commonwealth Turf, Race 10 of 11 on the day, is 5:36 p.m. ET. #5 MARQUEE PRINCE (8-1) had a…

Cambier Parc a deserving favorite in QEII Challenge Cup

The Grade I, $500,000 QEII Challenge Cup is the centerpiece race on Keeneland’s Saturday program. A field of nine three-year-old fillies will do battle over 1 1/8 miles on the turf course. Post time for the QEII Challenge Cup, Race 9 of a scheduled 10, is 5:30 p.m. #3 CAMBIER PARC (8-5, morning-line favorite) proved…

Weekly jockey review, 9/25/19

It’s time to the review the week that was in horse racing, highlighting the most noteworthy jockey performances. We’ll start on the east coast with Belmont before moving west to Los Alamitos. Belmont Manny Franco remains in front at the Belmont fall meet as the competition bunches up behind him. Franco tallied four winners at…

Snapper Sinclair is capable of taking the Tourist Mile

The $750,000 Tourist Mile is the feature on the opening Saturday of the lucrative Kentucky Downs meeting. A field of 14 (including two also-eligibles) will battle it out on a European-style turf course. Post time for the Tourist, Race 8 of 10 on the day, is 5:11 p.m. ET. #1 SNAPPER SINCLAIR (8-1) switches back…